How to Dress Out-of-Town Bridesmaids

One’s in London, another’s a three-hour drive away – not going to be able to wrangle your ‘maids together for a bridesmaid dress fitting? Follow these tips to take the guesswork out of finding the perfect fit.

  • Story by Photo Danelle Bohane

One’s in London, another’s a three-hour drive away – not going to be able to wrangle your ‘maids together for a bridesmaid dress fitting? Follow these tips to take the guesswork out of finding the perfect fit.

1. Measure up

Ask your bridesmaids to get professionally measured to ensure you have an accurate idea of their sizing when you visit the dressmaker or hit the shops. An experienced tailor should begin at the bust, measure their natural waistline, determine their hip measurement and calculate their height. 

2. Dress for success

When you’re looking a potential bridesmaid dresses, seek out styles that are versatile and can be easily altered. Wrap dresses and simple maxis offer flexibility with fabric and can be reworked to fit and flatter different body shapes.

3. Colour code

If you can find dresses in a colour to match all your bridesmaids’ skin tones, body shapes and hair colour, you’ve done well! This isn’t always a possible feat however, so the best advice is to keep it simple and avoid anything too bold or highly patterned. Stay away from clingy fabrics that tend to accentuate lumps and bumps. Pastel shades are an ever-pretty option and also likely to work well with your own dress and colour scheme.

4. If the shoe fits

If you are choosing your bridesmaids’ shoes, you’ll need an accurate foot measurement from them. An easier approach would be to agree on a shoe colour and style with your bridesmaids and let them choose their own – this will ensure a comfortable fit and cross one job off your to-do list.  

5. Accessories

Once you have your bridesmaid dresses and shoes sorted, think about their colourings and personality when you’re deciding on the accessories they will wear. If you’ve kept to a simple colour palette with the dress and shoes, try injecting a fun pop of colour with an earring or bracelet. Alternatively, if your bridesmaids will be wearing a bold colour, keep it simple with understated, classic jewellery. Send links to your bridesmaids of jewellery you like online to get feedback and keep the lines of bride-to-bridesmaid communication going.


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